The Superpower of Success

If you had the superpower of always succeeding--failure was impossible--what would you do? If everything you put your mind to turned out to be amazing, what would you do? It’s a big question.

Would you want to be a billionaire? President of the United States? A movie star? Own a restaurant? Be a farmer? What on earth would you do with your life if you knew you would succeed?

Your answer to that question reveals what your personal definition of success is. And success is something that you’d better define for yourself. If you don’t, then others will define it for you. Maybe the world has told you that success means money for early retirement or achievement and promotion in the workplace. But maybe you’d rather own a farm and spend your days helping people. Maybe your definition of success has more to do with quality time and relationships than it does money or prestige.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with either definition of success; just make sure that it’s your definition, not somebody else’s. You don’t want to come to life’s finish line only to realize you were running somebody else’s race.

Your Personal Trainer

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Picture yourself working out with a famous personal trainer who makes the fitness center burning hot one day and freezing cold the next, and sometimes sprays you with water while you’re exercising. He makes sure you’re either too hot or too cold and sometimes soaking wet.

It turns out we all have this demanding personal trainer. It’s called the weather.

View the weather outside as your ultimate personal trainer. Stop complaining about the weather, and you’ll start viewing it as a personal challenge. You’ll welcome the rain and snow and extreme temperatures.

Working out in front of a TV in a fitness center will burn calories, but it won’t make you tough or resilient. It certainly won’t prepare you for any real life challenges.

Start doing more of your workouts outside. Embrace running in the rain and doing push-ups in the snow. You’ve got the rest of the day to be comfy indoors, so for one hour embrace the cold, the heat, and wet, and stop complaining about having the world’s best personal trainer.

Contentment

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With the dawn of air-brushed photos on magazine covers we all started feeling less content with our abs. With the publication of about fifty different hunting magazines we became discontent with the deer we shot. And thanks to media, I’m painfully aware that my house should be updated, my lawn greener, my teeth whiter, my kids busier, and my wallet fatter.

The entire foundation of advertising is to make you discontent with what you have. They have to convince you that you’d be happier with a new car, or non-stick frying pan, or whatever. Their job depends on it. (I won’t even delve into how pornography affects contentment).

But I want to let you in on a little secret: It’s all a big lie. None of that stuff will make you happier. Happiness comes from contentment and accomplishment, and comparing yourself to others will kill your contentment.

Contentment is something you should practice daily. Be thankful for the house and car that you do have. I practice being thankful for my dying lawn, outdated bathroom tile, my 2009 truck, and if I shoot any deer I’m thrilled.

If you ever want to achieve happiness then you must reject comparison.